Van Gogh

Van Gogh

The Life

Book - 2011 | First Edition
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Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith galvanized readers with their astonishing Jackson Pollock: An American Saga , winner of the Pulitzer Prize for biography, a book acclaimed for its miraculous research and overwhelming narrative power. Now Naifeh and Smith have written another tour de force--an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable, and ultimately heartbreaking portrait of creative genius Vincent van Gogh.

Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth of previously untapped materials. While drawing liberally from the artist's famously eloquent letters, they have also delved into hundreds of unpublished family correspondences, illuminating with poignancy the wanderings of Van Gogh's troubled, restless soul. Naifeh and Smith bring a crucial understanding to the larger-than-life mythology of this great artist--his early struggles to find his place in the world; his intense relationship with his brother Theo; his impetus for turning to brush and canvas; and his move to Provence, where in a brief burst of incandescent productivity he painted some of the best-loved works in Western art.

The authors also shed new light on many unexplored aspects of Van Gogh's inner world: his deep immersion in literature and art; his erratic and tumultuous romantic life; and his bouts of depression and mental illness.

Though countless books have been written about Van Gogh, and though the broad outlines of his tragedy have long inhabited popular culture, no serious, ambitious examination of his life has been attempted in more than seventy years. Naifeh and Smith have re-created Van Gogh's life with an astounding vividness and psychological acuity that bring a completely new and sympathetic understanding to this unique artistic genius whose signature images of sunflowers and starry nights have won a permanent place in the human imagination.
Publisher: New York : Random House, ©2011
Edition: First Edition
ISBN: 9780375507489
Branch Call Number: 759.9492 GOG 2011
Characteristics: xiii, 953 pages : ill., maps, genealogical tables
Additional Contributors: Smith, Gregory White
Alternative Title: Vincent van Gogh : the life


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Sep 05, 2018

A wonderful book. Very detailed. I was particularly interested in the section that refers the the fact that Vincent may actually have been shot by a group of boys and said nothing to protect them. Everyone assumed he shot himself but the authors claim he did not like guns.

Jun 17, 2015

A well documented and vivid account of van Gogh's life.Personal note to the Vandal, the Villain the Philistine who had the NERVE to cut out 4 of the color plates...may you be plagued with bottomless remorse until your dying day.

Dec 26, 2014

Our library system is a lot more generous in its lending, but I was still having trouble finishing it in time. I ended up purchasing the hardback edition from Amazon for $10.00. Now I have a great art history book that I can pick up anytime and read again.

blusfynx Sep 18, 2013

This book is simply amazing. I can really picture what the author is writing about and I feel a close connection to the artist.

jbleonard4 Sep 10, 2012

The authors have delivered a thorough, detailed account of Van Gogh's life. I got a better understanding and appreciation for his art from this virtual journey into his fascinating behavior.

LProfeta Apr 06, 2012

Van Gogh, the book I loaned has 950 pages and it cannot be renewed, after one week's loan. This is unfair and should be renewed for at least one week, I feel.

debwalker Nov 20, 2011

The tortured life of a brilliant artist.

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